In this parable that helps us understand the kingdom of heaven, who is the pearl of great value? You may be surprised with the answer!
"The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
By Steve Robinson
It's amazing how a "framework" can constrain how you understand a piece of text. For example, 2x4 is either 8 or a piece of lumber depending on whether you are a mathematician or a carpenter. The "juridical/accounting/transactional" framework always told me that St. Paul meant "Jesus paid the debt to God for our sins, and the zero balance of the ledger was our free gift from Christ."
Over the years the "substitutionary" framework ...
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. —Romans 3:31
Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. —Romans 4:4-5
This is the third message in our three-part series discovering what the introductory chapters of this great book of Romans tell us about God’s amazing grace.
The first sermon, In Need of Grace, discussed the fact that we are ...
The last years have seen a grand deconstruction of Scripture reading and interpretation—some would say of Scripture itself. Of course, this has been an ongoing centuries-long project, but two unique elements dominate the past decade: first, the ‘New Atheists’ are actually reading the Bible—carefully and, unlike liberal scholars, they have read it literally with a view to destroying faith. “The Bible says it; I reject it; and that settles it.” And second, their dance partners in this deconstr...
Just as we call 911 in times of emergency, we can also call God, our ultimate resource, at “91:1.” God is always available to you. He’s never too busy — he will always pick up your call. Always.